At Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, we are committed to expanding innovation to improve the learner experience. We do this by leveraging creativity in our instruction to educate students in effective and exciting ways. The following are innovative programs that engage students and help all learners to reach their full potential.
Students at PLSAS are learning the language of the future— a language that powers software, websites and mobile applications—and they start in kindergarten. All students in grades K-5 learn fundamental computer science concepts and skills as a part of their media classes using both hands-on and digital resources. New in 2022, students in grade 6 are enrolled in the quarter-long Discover Coding course which inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games and physical computing devices.
In alignment with our district mission to prepare learners to reach their full potential in an ever-changing world, we believe that 21st century skills are essential outcomes of our students' education. Technology can help students become skillful collaborators, communicators, creators and critical thinkers. Our goal is to utilize technology to increase engagement and opportunities to learn anytime, anywhere.
E-STEM (Environmental Education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an interdisciplinary approach to instruction and learning focused on inquiry and real world problem-solving in the 21st Century, applying hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematical practices with projects and field experiences related to the environment.
Prior Lake High School and Bridges students have the opportunity to use state-of-the art equipment and technology in our small-scale Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab. In the lab, students can make almost anything, from decals to phone cases.
GIFTED & TALENTED PROGRAMS— SAGE ACADEMY & SYNERGY
The Gifted and Talented Programs & Services help these students thrive by offering challenging and supportive educational experiences and services. Together, these programs and services nurture the academic, creative, artistic, leadership abilities, and social/emotional needs of gifted, talented and creative children. Our programs include SAGE Academy and Synergy.
LA OLA DEL LAGO
La ola del lago classrooms are similar to traditional elementary curriculum, except all classroom instruction is in the Spanish language. In the classroom, the teacher speaks Spanish the entire time using expressive tones, exaggerated gestures, facial expressions and many visual aids. To draw students into using the language, teachers often use songs, useful phrases and rhymes and carefully structure the day with familiar routines.
As a language immersion school, our goal is for students to become proficient in speaking Spanish while increasing their cultural and global awareness.
The Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) is a partnership of education, industry and community, immersing all students in profession-based learning experiences.
Students will earn high school credit for each of the courses taken at MNCAPS, and also college credit for a passing grade of 70% or better.